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English Conversation Partners Program

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The English Conversation Partners Program is a unique cross-cultural experience that pairs SAIT students who speak English as an additional language (EAL) with a student or employee who is fluent in English.

Join the program as a student

πŸ‘‹ Improve your spoken English. Meet new people. Share cultural experiences.

Connect with your community while practicing your English skills! The English Conversation Partners Program is open to SAIT students in any program. Students must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLB) 7 or IELTS Band 5.

Sign up for Fall 2020 by Wednesday, Sept. 16. Matches will be made the following week.

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Join the program as a volunteer

πŸ‘‹ Expand your global perspective. Build community. Support student success.

Take part in a memorable cross-cultural experience, while helping a SAIT student practice their English language skills! Volunteers can be students in any program or SAIT employees. You must be a fluent English speaker, ready to share your Canadian cultural experiences and learn about other cultures.

For the record, your co-curricular record: Participating as a student volunteer in the program is a recognized co-curricular activity.

Volunteer for Fall 2020 by Wednesday, Sept. 16. Matches will be made the following week.

Volunteer now

Program details

  • Program participants can expect to connect with their conversation partner for about one hour of informal, online conversation each week throughout the semester.
  • There is no formal schedule or method for conversation. Use MS Teams, Zoom or a phone call. Chat once a week or every day. Exchange recipes, talk books or share travel experiences. We’ll provide some conversation starters and other helpful tools.
  • Participants will be asked to complete two surveys — one at the midpoint of the semester and one at the end.

Note: This program is not a tutoring or counselling service. If you are in need of these services, please contact Academic Coaching and Tutoring or Student Development and Counselling.

Questions?

Contact student.engagement@sait.ca

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